5 Hacks for Back-to-College Planning with Amazon


SEATTLE, Wash. — It’s hard to believe, but school is back in session and while essays and exams may be terrible, getting situated with this season’s hottest personal technology products and other favorite everyday essentials doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re looking for smart dorm room hacks or ways to save time and money on everyday activities and purchases (free two-day shipping, anyone?), we’ve gathered our top five hacks to make this school year your most convenient yet.

1. Nothing says convenience likes your own voice-activated assistant. Cue Alexa, the AI power behind Amazon Echo, with a simple “Alexa” command. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more with over 3,000 skills available. Order late-night Domino’s before midterms, jam out to your exam pump up playlist, or call a Lyft to take you to off-campus events – all you have to do is ask.

2. Get all your essentials at the push of a button. Never run out of your favorite dorm room go-to’s again or get stuck running to the student store at 3:00 a.m. with Amazon Dash Button, a Wi-Fi connected device that reorders essentials with a simple press. Whether you’re looking to survive midnight cravings with Campbell’s Soup, conquer laundry runs with Tide Pods or pull an all-nighter with the help of Red Bull – there’s a button for every student need.

3. Overcome terrible dorm room cable. With Fire TV Stick, keeping up with your favorite shows from the comfort of your dorm room has never been easier. With over 4,000 channels, apps and games, Amazon Fire TV Stick works with any HDTV and is compatible with most dorm Wi-Fi. Just plug and play anywhere—your room, at a friend’s place, or even take it home for the holidays. With instant access to Netflix, HBO NOW, Amazon Video and Hulu, there’s always a binge-worthy show at the ready. Also keep up with sports and award seasons live with Sling TV, which includes ESPN, AMC, HGTV, TNT, Food Network and other popular channels.

4. Make the most of a tight budget and tight schedule. Amazon Prime Student can help students save time and money by skipping the bookstore line and visiting the Textbook Store. Amazon offers savings of up to 80% off price list for rentals between 30 to 360 days and up to 60% off purchases. With Amazon’s flexible rental program, students can decide how long to keep the material and when it comes time to send items back, Amazon will pay for return shipping.

Features include:

– Textbook and eTextbook Rental: Keep textbooks for an entire semester at discounts of up to 80% with the flexible rental program – including free return shipping.

– Prime Video: Get access to thousands of Prime Video titles at no additional cost. Members can also purchase video subscriptions to Showtime, STARZ, and other streaming entertainment channels through Amazon Video.

– Prime Music: Listen ad-free to over a million songs from top artists like Taylor Swift, Daft Punk, and Kanye West with personalized or more general playlists curated by Amazon.

– Free Two-Day Shipping: Get access to unlimited two-day shipping on more than 30 million items.

5. Study hard—and take plenty of breaks. With Fire tablet, you can store your eTextbooks right alongside your favorite movies, TV shows, songs, books, and more for the perfect work/relaxation balance. Use the Kindle app on Fire tablet, for access to cool studying features, like X-Ray for Textbooks which shows definitions, related pages, and relevant content from sources like Wikipedia and YouTube; or use Multi-Color Highlights to highlight important words or notes in color, and turn those notes into Flashcards. Then, when you’re ready for a study break, Fire tablet lets you surf the web, listen to music, play a game, flip through a magazine, or catch up on your favorite TV series. With access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps, and games—you’ll have plenty of entertainment to enjoy on your Fire tablet during your much needed downtime.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

About Amazon Prime Student
Amazon Prime Student gives college students unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items. Students can sign up for a six-month, trial of Amazon Prime Student to access these benefits, plus unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos. After that it’s just $49 a year — half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership — and includes over a million songs with Prime Music and one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First. To learn more, visit amazon.com/join student.